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Calls for an investigation after police raid on Brazil favela left more than 20 people dead

Police in Brazil faced outraged protests. A UN call for an investigation Friday after a raid on a Rio de Janeiro favela left 28 people dead – some reportedly killed in cold blood.

“Stop killing us!” said hundreds of protesters from the impoverished neighborhood of Jacarezinho, who marched outside police headquarters accusing officers of perpetrating a “massacre”.

“This is one of the most barbaric acts in the history of the Rio police,” student Roger Denis told AFP.

It was one of several protests against Thursday’s police operation, which rights groups said was the deadliest ever in a city all too used to violence and police killings – particularly in the poor, majority-black favelas, or slums.

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People protest against a police operation to combat alleged drug traffickers that killed 25 people at the Jacarezinho favela.

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Police said the operation targeted a drug gang that was recruiting children and teenagers. It turned the northern neighborhood into a war zone Thursday morning, leaving streets strewn with bodies and pools of blood.

The initial death toll of 25 – including one policeman who was shot in the head and 24 “criminals”, according to police – was raised to 28 on Friday, following a funeral for the officer.  Police now face mounting calls to prove that and questions on why the suspects were killed rather than arrested.

Authorities have not released the identities of those killed.

United Nations rights office spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva his office was “deeply disturbed” by the killings.

He called for prosecutors to open an “independent, thorough and impartial investigation”.

“We remind the Brazilian authorities that the use of force should be applied only when strictly necessary,” he said.

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin ordered the federal and Rio de Janeiro state prosecutors-general to investigate two videos circulating on social media that appeared to show police killing indiscriminately.

“The events reported appearing extremely serious. In one video, there is evidence of acts that, in theory, could constitute an arbitrary execution,” he wrote.

Residents protest after a police operation against alleged drug traffickers at the Jacarezinho favela in Rio de Janeiro.

Residents protested after a police operation against alleged drug traffickers at the Jacarezinho favela in Rio de Janeiro.

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